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IBM’s technology and talent have the power to help transform governments, institutions, communities and the quality of life for people around the world. We work to improve education, revitalize cities, address the challenges of economic growth, respond to disasters, and develop sustainable strategies for energy use and environmental protection. As part of a tradition that dates to the company’s founding more than
100 years ago, IBM and IBMers contribute innovative solutions to the world’s toughest societal challenges.

Read the 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report

In our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, we detail our efforts to transform communities, support our employees, and engage in responsible corporate governance and practices. Through it all, you’ll see how IBM and IBMers contribute our time, technology and expertise toward making the world a better place.

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June 25th, 2015

As Brooklyn P-TECH – IBM’s first P-TECH school – celebrates the graduation of six students with their high school diplomas and college degrees two years ahead of schedule, we reflect on what makes P-TECH so special, and look ahead to the model’s expansion across the U.S. and abroad.

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Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. Mr. Litow is a former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools.

Related Resources:

Helping the Next Generation Beat the Odds

Forbes: P-TECH: Tackling Youth Unemployment One Student at a Time

Fox News: First Six Students Graduate from IBM’s P-TECH School, Will Pursue STEM


Read More Blogs About P-TECH


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April 22nd, 2015

While today is Earth Day, environmental sustainability is IBM’s guiding principle every day of the year. Last month, I participated in a White House roundtable on greenhouse gas reductions, which highlighted leadership by IBM and other large Federal suppliers committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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IBM has long taken environmental sustainability seriously, and we have been making aggressive moves for 25 years to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. At the White House event, we  announced new goals for the use of renewable energy and for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In the case of greenhouse gas emissions, this marks the company’s third generation goal.

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IBM has long taken environmental sustainability seriously, and we have been making aggressive moves for 25 years to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Today IBM is announcing new goals for the use of renewable energy and for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In the case of greenhouse gas emissions, this marks the company’s third generation goal.

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March is an exciting month for women in technology. Last week, the United Nations held a plenary session on Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Economy in commemoration of International Women’s Day. And this week is Global Marathon – a free, online event for women in engineering and technology worldwide that coincides with International Women’s Day. Global Marathon runs from March 9 through March 11, with session replays available. I was honored to moderate the UN plenary session, and wanted to relate its powerful messages in the context of IBM Corporate Citizenship’s efforts to empower women and girls everyday.

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An overarching theme of the panel was that technology fuels women’s entrepreneurship. There are several layers to that message. Among the most important is that the application of technology is doing more for women than ever before – from coordinating volunteer outreach to connecting entrepreneurial networks to analyzing data related to women’s health issues. Equally important is our understanding that women’s lives improve with greater access to technology. This begins with education in math and science, continues through technological innovation by women, and reaches fruition through positive engagement in ways that affect sustainable change.

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February 12th, 2015

President Obama’s proposal to provide free community college across the U.S. is expected to cost upwards of $1.4 billion in 2016 and $60 billion over the next 10 years. Can America afford it? The real question is: How can we not?

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In my latest article for The Huffington Post, you’ll read about the latest data showing a disturbing and widening gap in college completion rates between the nation’s rich and poor students. But you’ll also read about an innovative and collaborative solution that’s helping everyday students – many from low-income families – unlock their potential for success.

Find out how this innovation that’s connecting education to jobs has grown from one to
27 schools in less than four years, and will scale to reach 100,000 students nationwide
by 2016. And learn why Congress must fund and modernize the legislation that provides critical funding for programs that prepare our young people to enter the real 21st
century workforce.

A former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Schools, Stanley S. Litow is
IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President
of the IBM International Foundation.

Related Resources:

Read More About the P-TECH Grades 9 to 14 Model

IBM Partnerships Enable Nationwide Spread of P-TECH Schools

IBM Unveils New Playbook to Expand Innovative P-TECH Schools Nationwide

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IBM created the P-TECH grades 9 through 14 schools model because we recognized a serious societal problem, and had the skill and desire to address it. In short, too many of America’s young people were being trapped in unending cycles of poverty (whether or not they could find full-time or part-time work), while American industry – starved for skilled workers – needed to re-sharpen its competitive edge. The solution was not to write checks, but to get involved. Only by fostering a community of stakeholders including educators, employers, governments, parents, teachers and students would we solve a problem together that no single sector could solve alone.

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Each P-TECH school is a partnership that unites school districts, community colleges
and corporate sponsors in service to a singular goal – to help our young people succeed.
P-TECH schools help students succeed by focusing their education on academic rigor and workplace readiness, by providing each young scholar with a mentor, and by making each graduate first in line for employment consideration with the school’s corporate partner. What began in 2011 with one school in Brooklyn, New York is spreading to nearly 40 schools around the nation, and could reach 100 schools by 2016.

What’s P-TECH’s “secret sauce”? We’re sharing the recipe through a new website which houses our updated digital playbook. Together, these resources deliver the tools, case studies, research and guidance that school districts, higher education institutions and businesses can use to establish new P-TECH schools. Whether you are an employer, an educator, a government or community leader, a parent or several of the above, we invite you to examine and share these materials.

Get involved. Speak up. Take action to provide our children with the 21st century education they need and deserve.

Related Resources:

IBM Unveils New Playbook to Expand Innovative P-TECH Schools Across the Nation

New York Governor Cuomo Announces Second Round Winners of P-TECH Awards

Download the New P-TECH Playbook

VIDEO: Why Six Years of High School Is Catching On (PBS NewsHour)

VIDEO: The School That Is Changing American Education (TIME Magazine)

VIDEO: High Schools “made with IBM”

“The School That Will Get You a Job” (TIME Magazine; subscription required)


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Since the latest outbreak of Ebola in sub-Saharan Africa, thousands of people have died from the disease by official count, and the true death toll may be much higher. While Ebola is difficult to contract unless one is exposed to the bodily fluids of a person in the latter stages of the illness, poverty and lack of proper facilities and equipment throughout Africa have made the disease difficult to contain. Add to that the visceral aspects of the affliction, and you have a formula for panic and the spread of misinformation in addition to the real and serious dangers posed by the disease.

That’s why IBM has stepped up to combat the Ebola crisis where it lives – deploying our expertise in disaster relief & recovery, data analysis, mobile technology and cloud computing to help governments, health care workers and others on the ground get the tools and information they need to stop Ebola in its tracks.

  • The IBM Research Lab in Nairobi, Kenya – the continent’s first technology research lab – is collaborating with Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative, Cambridge University, Airtel and Kenya’s Echo Mobile on an SMS/toll-free communications channel to collect and share information, and track the disease.
  • IBMers around the world are taking a leading role in the creation of an Ebola Open Data Repository which will use IBM’s SoftLayer cloud technology to provide governments, aid agencies and researchers with free and open access to globally-contributed data related to Ebola.
  • After deploying best practices in the fight against Ebola, Nigeria has recently
    been declared free of the disease. An IBM donation of Connections technology to Nigeria’s Lagos State Government will support the country’s preparedness against future outbreaks.

Read more about IBM’s full portfolio of responses to the Ebola crisis at the links below.

Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM International Foundation.

More Information About IBM’s Responses to the Ebola Crisis:

IBM Launches Humanitarian Initiatives to Help Contain Ebola Outbreak in Africa

IBM Research – Africa Uses Technology in Ebola Humanitarian Efforts

How Big Data Can Help Beat Ebola

World Health Organization: Ebola Virus Disease

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Cloud computing. Data analytics. Mobile computing. Social business. Evolving individually, any one of these developments would be a disruption in the way individuals, societies and businesses relate to each other. Taken together, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Social are affecting nothing less than a global transformation of the way organizations operate. But IBM’s commitment to innovation and transformation goes beyond business strategy; it embraces our corporate culture. And in no way is that alignment more evident than in our approach to corporate responsibility.

2013_CR_ReportClick here to read the 2013 IBM Corporate Responsibility Report

In our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, IBM details the many ways in which we are integrating corporate citizenship with business strategy to help transform such essential challenges as improving education (where we are redefining the pathway from high school to college and career), community engagement (through which IBM’s technology and top talent are addressing the challenges of civil society and the not-for-profit community), and improving the quality of urban life by helping cities and regions get “smarter.” Through it all, IBM’s approach to corporate citizenship via creative public-private partnerships delivers sustainable value to our beneficiaries, enables our partners to address critical societal issues in innovative ways, and helps IBMers acquire and embrace new skills.

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Data digitization and IBM mobile technology will transform accessibility by making everything easier to use. For the worldwide population of more than 1 billion people with disabilities – in addition to older persons, novice technology users and people with language, learning, literacy or situational challenges – IBM is in a unique position to lead the movement to broaden the definitions of accessibility and inclusion.

IBM has been a pioneer in accessibility since 1914.

IBM has been a pioneer in accessibility since 1914.

The core design and usability standards that we establish in this new world of cognitive computing, mobile access, social collaboration and enhanced access will accelerate new thinking about accessibility in an era of personalization, mobility and learning systems.

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